Support for Farmers Welcome

A local Assembly Member has welcomed additional support for farmers through Tir Mynydd payments to be made in 2012 and 2013. Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM, who chairs the Assembly’s Rural Sub Committee, said the proposals put forward as a result of work carried out between the committee and the Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones AM, would address a number of concerns raised by farmers in Wales.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM said:

“I very much welcome the Minister’s announcement that Tir Mynydd payments to Welsh farmers will continue in 2012 and 2013. The Committee’s inquiry into Glastir identified the transitional arrangements as a particular area of concern that could lead to farmers losing out financially. These changes will help farmers in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Wales.”

Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones AM added:

“My announcement reflects my decision to ease the process of transition as we move fully towards Glastir in 2014. All Tir Mynydd farmers who make a Tir Mynydd claim on their 2010 Single Application Form (SAF) will be able to claim 60% of the payment on their 2011 SAF and 30% on their 2012 SAF. Any eligible farmer who has not made a Tir Mynydd claim on their 2010 SAF and who has already submitted it to the Welsh Assembly Government is encouraged to contact their Divisional Office as soon as possible, and by no later than 17 May 2010, to modify their SAF application if they wish to benefit from the increased support

This is an excellent example of what can be achieved when interested parties work together with a positive attitude and towards a shared goal.”

Plaid‘s Westminster candidate Jonathan Edwards said:

“I am very pleased that Rhodri has been able to play an integral role in putting the concerns farmers have raised with him, and with me, forward and that action has been taken. This is an excellent example of how Plaid in government is making a difference.”

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